Jack Dale Fordyce, 69, a 40-year Grays Harbor resident, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at his home in Elma.

Jack was born Nov. 24, 1943 in Sunnyside to Warren Murdock and Ethel Marie (Smith) Fordyce. Jack attended grade school and high school in Sunnyside and went on to attend the University of Washington, where he studied plant husbandry.

Jack worked for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for more than 34 years. He also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, Boeing and enjoyed being a sports reporter for the Aberdeen Daily World.

Jack married Carolyn Marie Forgues on Sept. 15, 2000 in Elma.

Jack was a member of the Elma Eagles.

He enjoyed photography, writing about sports, car racing, golfing, refereeing for high school sports and reading, especially novels.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, Ron St. Peter of Snohomish; brother, Warren "Butch" (Madelyn) Fordyce of Yakima; sisters; Ardean (Ron) Fox of Grandview, Lee Ann (Mark) of New Bern, N.C., Jean (Walt) Uebelacker of Boise, Idaho and Joyce (Paul) Benoit of Redmond; step-father, Roy Zorr of Yakima; and his aunt, Eleanor (Lundy) Fordyce of Seattle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Alan in 2008.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Spina Bifida Association at SBA 4590 MacArthur Blvd., NW Suite 250, Washington, DC 20007.

Those wishing to visit and sign Jack's on-line tribute to

Whiteside Family Mortuaries of Elma is entrusted with the arrangements.


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